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    INTERNS 1997

    GINA ACOSTA - (Copy Editor, Metro/Foreign) is a junior majoring in Newspaper Journalism at Florida A&M University and worked last summer as a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing intern at the Hartford Courant. This spring, she is interning at the Tallahassee Democrat, doing layout and working with the sports ombudsman. Last fall, she was copy desk chief at the Famuan, the campus newspaper. Named a 1996 Cox Newspapers scholar by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, she has lived in Milan and Caracas, teaching English as a second language.

    MOHAMAD BAZZI - (Kaiser Foundation Fellow, District/Prince George's) is a senior majoring in Urban Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Selected by The Post, he is one of nine Kaiser fellows nationwide and will work on Metro, primarily covering public health issues. A native of Beirut, he interned last summer as a reporter in New York for Newsday, and for 3-1/2 years starting in fall 1992, he covered neighborhood issues as a stringer for New York Newsday. He worked for 4-1/2 years starting in January 1990 as a staff writer at New Youth Connections, a New York newsmagazine written by teenagers.

    BETH BERSELLI - (Business) is a senior majoring in American Studies at Stanford University. Until January, she was editor in chief and president of the Stanford Daily Publishing Corp. Last summer, she worked as a reporting intern in a suburban bureau, then the Living section at the Oregonian in Portland. In summer 1995, she reported at the Post Register in Idaho Falls, and in summer 1994, she reported for Metro Newspapers, a weekly chain in San Jose.

    DENNIS BRACK - (News Art) graduated in March as a Journalism major at Northwestern University and is in Detroit this spring working with Knight-Ridder Newspapers to help redesign some of the chain's newspapers. Last summer, he was a design intern at the Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk. In spring 1996, he interned as a reporter, copy editor and layout editor at the Sun in Bremerton, Wash. In summer 1995, he was a layout intern at the Wichita Eagle and, in summer 1994, a designer and reporter at the weekly Fauquier Times-Democrat in Warrenton. He was editor in chief of the Daily Northwestern.

    SEWELL CHAN - (Metro, Prince William-Woodbridge) is a junior majoring in Social Studies at Harvard University where he is executive editor of the Harvard Crimson and served as design editor of Diversity & Distinction, a quarterly undergraduate magazine. He interned as a reporter last summer at the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco and as a copy editor in summer 1994 at the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has free-lanced for the Inquirer and the Boston Globe. In summer 1993, he interned in the communications department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

    MICHAEL COLTON - (Style) is a senior majoring in English at Harvard University where his studies include creative writing and video and filmmaking. He has been associate editor of Fifteen Minutes, a weekly magazine of the Harvard Crimson, and writes a weekly column. Last summer, he interned as a reporter in the Living/Arts section at the Boston Globe, and he remains a Globe contributor. In summer 1994, he wrote as an intern for the Life & Style section at the Los Angeles Times. In 1993, he wrote Up Your Score: The Underground Guide to the New SAT, an irreverent book that he revised last year.

    NICHOLAS COTSONIKA - (Sports) is a junior majoring in Honors English at the University of Michigan, where he is managing sports editor of the Michigan Daily. He also has been a sports writer and sports editor there. Since September 1995, he has covered the school's hockey team for Michigan Hockey Magazine. Last summer, he reported on 18 different sports as an intern at the Detroit Free Press. Starting in April 1993, he was a contributor for 1-1/2 years to the Oakland (Mich.) Press. This spring, he covered the National Invitation Tournament and the NCAA hockey and men's basketball tournaments for The Post.

    KIMBERLY CRABTREE - (Copy Editor, National/Metro) is a senior majoring in Journalism at the University of Kansas and has worked as a part-time copy editor at the Topeka Capital-Journal since last September. Her work there includes design. Last summer, she was an editing intern on the Features and Business copy desks at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Since January 1994, she has been a reporter, copy editor, copy chief, news editor and editorial page editor at the University Daily Kansan.

    JANINA DE GUZMAN - (Metro, District) is finishing a masters degree in International Environmental Policy at the Monterey (Calif.) Institute of International Studies this spring and is a 1991 graduate of Princeton University where she majored in East Asian Studies. Last summer, de Guzman (pronounced gooz-MAHN) reported for the city desk at the Detroit Free Press and learned to drive. A native of Puerto Rico, she has lived in France, Spain and Japan and worked in Siberia and the Russian Far East. From 1991-94, she was a staff writer at the Japan Times in Tokyo, covering social trends, writing art and film reviews.

    TYLER KEPNER - (Sports) is a senior majoring in American Studies at Vanderbilt University where he has been editor, sports editor, assistant sports editor and a sports writer at the Hustler, the campus newspaper. Last summer, he was a sports intern at the Boston Globe, and in summer 1995, he was a public relations intern for the Philadelphia Phillies baseball team. In March 1988, at age 13, he became founder, editor and chief writer of KP Baseball Monthly, a project that ended in January 1995. He has free-lanced articles for Topps Magazine, Baseball America and USA Today Baseball Weekly.

    AMY KLEIN - (Metro, Howard) is a senior majoring in English at the University of Michigan and recently finished a year as managing news editor of the Michigan Daily. She also has worked as a reporter and production editor there. Last summer, she interned as a GA reporter at the Middlesex News in Framingham, Mass., and covered the Coast Guard search-and-rescue effort after TWA Flight 800 crashed. In summer 1994, she worked as a research assistant at Applied Marketing Sciences Inc., in Waltham, Mass.

    CAITLIN LIU - (Business) is finishing a masters degree in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and is a 1991 graduate of Stanford University where she majored in International Relations. She has been editor in chief and news editor of the Citizen, a newspaper that she co-founded at the Kennedy School. At Stanford, the Taiwan native was an editor and staff writer at the Stanford Daily. Last summer, she was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing intern at the New York Times, where she also wrote financial articles. In summer 1994, she was a reporting intern at the San Diego Union-Tribune.

    PETER McKAY - (Metro, Montgomery) is a senior majoring in Newspaper Journalism at Florida A&M University and was a Business intern at The Post last summer. This spring, he is interning as a reporter in the state capital bureau at the Tallahassee Democrat. At the Famuan, the campus newspaper, he has been editor in chief, politics editor, opinions editor, news editor and a staff writer. In summer 1995, he interned at the Lexington Herald-Leader, splitting his 10 weeks between editorial writing and GA reporting. In summer 1994, he reported at the weekly News-Leader in Fernandina Beach, Fla.

    JENNIFER ORDONEZ - (Metro, District) has been the news aide in The Post's Chicago bureau since June 1995 and has written for National, Business and Style. Last summer, she interned as a reporter in Atlanta for the Wall Street Journal, and in summer 1994, she interned in Miami for CBS Evening News. From September 1989 through March 1994, she worked at the Miami Herald as a high school intern, a summer intern and a full-time bureau reporter. She graduated last June from the University of Chicago, where she majored in Law, Letters and Society and worked as news editor at the Chicago Maroon, the campus newspaper.

    ROCHELLE PHILLIPS - (Copy Editor, Metro/National) is a senior majoring in Journalism at the University of Missouri and is the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern. Since January 1995, she has worked at the Columbia Missourian as a news copy editor, a police and courts reporter, a news section designer and a teaching aide in advanced copy editing. In Fall 1996, she worked at the Digital Missourian, the online version of the paper. Since August 1994, she has been an assistant in the business office of the university's athletic department.

    SUSAN SAULNY - (Metro, Fairfax) is a senior majoring in Political Science at Yale University and returns for a second summer as a Post intern. Since last summer, she has worked on a reporting and writing internship at WTNH-TV, an ABC affiliate in New Haven. In the summers of 1994 and 1995, she was a reporting intern at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans. She has worked as a staff reporter and head copy editor at the Yale Daily News. She has taught current events and writing skills at a New Haven middle school and taught math and verbal skills for the city's Innovative Homelessness Project.

    MANDY STADTMILLER - (Style) graduated in March as a Journalism major at Northwestern University, where she has been editor and deputy editor of the arts magazine and a reporter at the Daily Northwestern and entertainment editor and a columnist at the Summer Northwestern. Last summer, she interned as a researcher/reporter at the Village Voice, and in fall 1995, she interned as a reporter and copy editor at the Sun-Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale. In previous summers, she interned in Chicago as a reporter, editor and designer at Illinois Entertainer, a music magazine, and in San Diego as a researcher and copy editor at Mainstream, a national magazine for the disabled.

    CHRIS STANFORD - (Photo) is a senior majoring in Photojournalism at Western Kentucky University where he has shot photos and worked as assistant photo editor at the College Heights Herald, the campus paper. Last summer, he interned in Springfield, Ill., at the State Journal-Register, whose managing editor rated him that paper's best photo intern in the last 20 years. In summer 1995, he interned at the Hawk Eye, the daily newspaper in Burlington, Iowa.

    AMANDA TRAUGHBER - (Copy Editor, Foreign/Business) is a senior majoring in Journalism at the University of Kansas and was last summer's Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern at The Post, working on Metro and National. Last fall, she was editor in chief of the University Daily Kansan, where she also has been news editor, copy chief and a copy editor. In summer 1995, she interned on the universal copy desk at the Kansas City Star.

    MICHAEL WERLE - (News Systems) is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University and is the only student ever selected there to do on-site consulting for the school's Software Support Group. In addition, Werle (pronounced WHIR-lee) is a manager for the Dormnet computer network. In summer 1995, he interned at the Oak Brook (Ill.) Computer Center, installing and supporting computers and equipment. In summer 1994, he interned at Computerland of Elmhurst (Ill.), his hometown. He plays the flute in the university orchestra.

    ALAN WONG - (News Research) graduated in December with a major in Graphic Design from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. A native of Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, he is a graduate of Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and has held intern positions with several area companies. His work there included translating documents into HTML code; designing logos, labels and letterheads, and designing Web sites.

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